Pediatric Rehabilitation Services
The Pediatric Rehabilitation team at Wood County Hospital provides a comprehensive, integrated approach to caring for children from birth through adolescence. Our multidisciplinary staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. They evaluate and treat children with any condition that impacts speech, language, sensory, or motor development.
Pediatric physical therapy focuses on helping children improve and restore mobility. Pediatric physical therapy promotes independence, increases participation, facilitates motor development and function, improves strength and endurance, and enhances learning opportunities. Therapists are skilled in helping children learn to use adaptive equipment such as gait trainers, standers, or wheelchairs.
Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on helping children gain skills, improve deficits, and be as independent as possible in everyday activities. For children this may include learning self-care tasks such as dressing and eating, improving play skills to interact with peers and siblings, improving motor and visual skills to complete various tasks such as writing and cutting, and improve sensory processing skills so a child is able to receive and interpret information from the environment to promote attention and learning.
Pediatric speech therapy focuses on many different areas to meet the needs of our pediatric patients. Speech therapists work to help children become more effective communicators. Areas include improving receptive and expressive language skills, articulation/phonology, social and pragmatic skills, problem solving, executive functioning, memory, voice, phonological processing, reading comprehension, written communication, and fluency skills. Our speech therapists are also skilled in working on feeding and swallowing disorders. Therapy may focus on suck-swallow difficulties in infants, difficulty chewing, difficulty transitioning to age appropriate foods, and difficulty tolerating certain textures. In addition therapists evaluate, treat, and work with patients who utilize augmentative and alternative communication devices.
Wood County Hospital uses the most current therapeutic methods and stand out in the community for our services in the following areas:
- Aquatic Therapy: Aquatic Therapy combines the benefits of physical therapy and occupational therapy with the advantages of warm-water exercise. Working in the warm-water environment, patients discover a freedom of movement that allows them to progress and accomplish much more than they often can in land-based therapy.Therapy occurs in individual 1:1 sessions or specialized groups for all ages.
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): AAC devices are designed to help children with severe communication difficulties to communicate with others. For some children, this is an essential tool to communicate their wants and needs. AAC devices can range from paper communication boards to dedicated computers designed for synthesizing speech. When evaluating a child for an AAC device it is a multidisciplinary effort that incorporates input from not only speech therapy, but also physical therapy and occupational therapy. We take a team approach when addressing each child's individual needs for a variety of issues including, but not limited to: vocabulary, literacy, symbol sets, vision, access methods, durability, mobility, and cost. Our therapists hold specialized training in evaluating, treating, and working closely with parents and children who use AAC systems to provide the best possible care.
- Autism: Therapists in all disciplines have extensive education and experience in working with chidlren functioning at all levels under the autism umbrella. A team approach is used between all disciplines to facilitate maximum progress and carry over between environments. Principles of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Sensory Integration, and DIR/Floortime Approach are used based on each individual child's needs.